Shure V15VxMR Cartridges

4.03/5 (34 Reviews)


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Shure's recently discontinued classic MM cartridge


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by magicflute a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I posted this review, because it seems that there are a few Shure V15VxMR owners who seem to be unaware that Jico offers a more than suitable replacement stylus. Its code # is SHVN5xMRSAS. It is not cheap, costing $144.95, but many attest that it is an improvement over the original, and that it elevates the performance to world-class excellence. A search of the Internet will lead to many glowing testimonials.
The good news is that you do not have to perform any modifications to make it fit; simply install and play.
One note. The original Shure brush required that you add .50 gram to the VTF to offset the brush's effect. If you set the tracking force to 1.50 grams (brush up), it is, actually, tracking at 1.00 gram (brush down). For the Jico brush, the compensation is .30 gram.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SIMON HOLT a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I have noted that several members says that you cannot get replacement styli - well you cant but what you can do is buy one of the £12 replacement styli on ebay and remove the stylus guard then file back the 2 front lugs till they are flush then the stlys will fit rightinto the body of the cartridge - does it work - I'll say so wow does it sound good. I was given my vx free because the giver told me you cannot get styli for them - well try this you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jat3 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I used the V15VxMR for 3 years or so, in a Mayware Formula 4 unipivot mounted on a Fons International MkI. The combination was just wonderful... low mass, low touch is a good way to go, and, in the Mayware, I believe it would have tracked an earthquake at 1 gram. Best low end I've ever heard. Sold it recently due to the absence of replacement styli, and before the beryllium cantilever got too old. Got what I paid for it!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   j&r music world



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Armando70 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2008

Bottom Line:   
AS of this review writing, sadly, thie Shure V15VxMR is no longer in production;Has not been in a few years now. It ceased production of this 1997 introduced V15 "re-vamped" model back in 2004...Shure simply stated on their website ,at the time, that due to shortage of "exotic materials" incorporated in the manufacturing process of this audiophile cart, it would no longer be produced (sigh)...I guess I was one of the lucky few who was able to still get mine back in 2004 for a somewhat decent price( I don't believe I ever saw the Shure V15VxMR sell anywhere below the $230-$210 mark...After that, this cart sold as NOS stock on internet bidding websites (which will remain nameless) , has soared to sometimes outrageous prices (from $300 to well over $500)...and there are NO replacement styli left whatsoever from Shure...Though, I believe there may be one or two internet audiophile companies that manufacture or sell a close susbtitue replacement stylus---the last I heard (don't quote me on this)...

I will first state or preface my actual review by saying that this is NOT a cart for everyone...Not because it was such a poorly made cart or that it produces such horrid low end-cheap quality sonics;FAR from it...It is because, as many other owners,such as myself noted, it is anywhere from a warm to neutral sounding cart (vice-versa?). There are two camps of owners: Those that have heard the cart and said how smoothly musical and warm it is (no ear or mind fatigue or harsh mids or highs) and those that simply calll in "uninvolving" or simply dull but it tracks beautifully.


...It IS a champ in the tracking department. As these Shures are noted for theiir almost impeccable and uncanny way of being able to trace a record groove from beginning to end without,absolutely no IGD (inner groove distortion) that lesser cartridges cannot handle or overcome.IGD is the stylus nearing the end of a record on the last couple of tracks where groove information is tightly packed as opposed to the beginning or middle of a record. It is very difficult for some cartridges/styli to trace---you will get a harsh, "etchy" sound (this is audibly annoying)...The fine shape and "footprint" of the stylus on the Shure(Micro-Ridge) is the major contributing factor in practically eliminating IGD.this in conjunction with the Berrylium Microwall cantilever. This is THE first cartridge I have ever owned that proved to me that IGD is NOT something I had to live with OR hang on to the false belief that there was no way to overcome it; "Just live with it because that's the way records or the vinyl medium is suppose to sound "---The whole IGD thing is what kept me and even made me debate a few years ago whether or not I should jump back into vinyl! By the way, this is a light tracking cart that only requires 1 gram (that is with the stylus guard/stabilizer brush up)...With the guard-brush down it requires maybe 1.25 to 1.5 but NOTHING beyond that. This results in tacking care of your records and preventing "trench grooves" from heavier cartridges or needles that require more weight for tracking.

The Shure also handles sibilance like a charm!---There are no spitty "s" words or "th" pronunciations from vocals that often can be heard on a record with a lesser cartridge.No harsh "sssss" on vocals cutting over the speakers throughout the room...I have yet to encounter any of my records I have played ,so far, to challenge the Shure and win. Again, the Shure is an absolute wonderful light tracker,also---Other cartridges I had to dial in more sylus tracking force and I could still hear both IGD and that nasty sibilance (some would be slightly overcome,but not by much---still audible).The best thing from the Shure, in this category, is that closing my eyes and just listening, the last track on a record sounds as crisp and clear as on the first track(is the Shure playing at the beginning of my record or the end?)---There is no "crackling" or distorted highs...Speaking of highs...

Now, how about the lows,mids, AND highs? Well, I will go straight to the high freqs,which are often the primary discussion of one of the Shure's sonic playback traits or audio qualities with most reviewers...When compared to the AT 440ML cartridge I also use ,as well as a Denon DL110 (High Output), I can see (or,rather hear) what the debate or issue may be with some(Example---The highs on the Shure sound a bit rolled off or smoothed out to these ears. Cymbals do not sound harsh or artificial, but not as realistic ,either---just "controlled").Synergy on an audio system is EVERYTHING (how well all of your audio gear mates to produce a synergistic and compatible and pleasant sound quality---mismatches can be a pain in the bum).The way I interpret the highs from the Shure is that records ,which I thought used to sound shrill or bright, are now "tamed". This in turn allows me to hear them with absolute no ear or mind fatigue (and the Adult ADD does not kick in or get triggered like it used to, lol).Since I can listen to albums for longer listening sessions now, I am able to pick up more detail and just enjoy the music)! ALSO, this Shure cart is VERY smooth and quiet when it comes to vinyl surface noise---One would think that despite it's fine micro-stylus it should pick up more surface anomalies and possibly,ahem,groove dirt (as clean as I like to think I keep my vinyl collection).The Shure played in my system offers a very low to virtually quiet black background(particulalrly noticeable between songs or solo instrumental passages). I have an older Micro Acoustics cart this is also a fiine groove tracer and mimics the Shure---However, I can always hear more surface noise with the MA!

Bass and mids are pleasant but nothing to write home about...In fact, as opposed to my AT and Denon carts, I often find myself nudging the bass control a bit in the upwards mode. Mids are not "in your face" but do an admirable job with the majority of vocals (though, I am sure there are other mid to high end carts whose mids are more stronger in presentation and more accurate than the Shure's)...

Stereo separation is adequate but nowhere near the wide soundfield of the AT 44O ML or even the Denon DL 110...Imaging stage is pretty decent, BUT cannot accurately pin point some instruments in the "3-D sonic spatial field"(that "in-the-air" aural vibe one gets with some carts)...

The Shure is NOT the "be all" or "end all" of MM cartridges or all cartridges in general...It is a "different" cart than what I was accustomed to all those years.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Cannot remember name



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tubehed a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I have been using the V15VxMR with my NAD 533 turntable and modified RB250 arm for about three years now and I am still quite satisfied with it. Its relaxed yet detailed presentation is a good match for systems that lean toward the bright and analytical side. However, if your system is already on the warmer side of neutral and/or lacks dynamics and rhythmic drive and punch, there are probably better choices. To my ears, the Shure's tonal balance is nearly perfect through my Parasound PPH-100 phonostage, Cayin TA-30 tubed integrated and JBL L7 loudspeakers. I think that if I went with a tubed phonostage, however, that might shift the tonal balance too far over to the warm side and things might start to get a little to "mushy" and slow. As always, system matching is very important and your results may vary.

As others here have noted, the V15VxMR is a very user-friendly cartridge. One thing I really like about it is that you can remove the stylus assembly while leaving the cartridge body mounted to the tonearm. And, as far as I know, you can still send it to Shure to be retipped for $20. Such value and convience is rare in the crazy world of phono cartridges. Try getting your Benz or Dynavector cart retipped for that price!

Some people don't seem to be crazy about the fact that the V15 is now made in Mexico. My philosophy is that if a product consists of high quality parts and is built well, then it doesn't matter where it comes from. I'm sure that's also a big reason why the V15 is such a good value, especially if purchased at a discount.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   J&R




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